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The brief third movement, shortfall, is the most complex in rhythm and
melody. It gives way to stick figure which makes clever and unexpected
use of percussion [listen -- track 4, 0:00-1:00].
Little eye concludes the recording
in a serious mood. A cello sounds a longer, but still minimalist line. Light
harmonic and rhythmic accents are provided by several instruments. Separated,
single, suspended-in-time piano notes reminiscent of Morton Feldman are prominent.
Though simple on the surface, this music requires tremendous concentration and
attention to detail. Sentieri Selvaggi, the outstanding Italian modern music group
for whom two of the movements were written, performs all of them here. Child
will intrigue many who are more receptive than I. Some will find its repetitious
sounding surfaces hypnotic. Others may enjoy the unusual tonal mixes and the
challenge of tracking the music's subtle variations. I'm afraid I'll be opting for
something less childlike.
I'll conclude a somewhat churlish review by saying that I admire the goals of
Bang on a Can and what I've read of David Lang's approach to revitalizing
'classical' music. He is a most undogmatic composer with a great appreciation of
musical history. It's just that I suspect that minimalism, for all its often
popular appeal, will someday be considered a quaint dead end, all too related in
its intellectual origins to the very non-natural serialism that often seems its
direct opposite. Much of its innocence is contrived and the novelty will wear off.
Copyright © 4 June 2003
Ron Bierman, San Diego, USA
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David Lang: Child
CA21013 Stereo NEW RELEASE 43'08" 2003 Cantaloupe Music LLC
Sentieri Selvaggi; Carlo Boccadoro, conductor
David Lang: Child - a powerful meditation for seven players on childhood and memory. my very empty mouth; sweet air; short fall; stick figure; little eye